Advertisements http://www.frys.com/product/8040074...5fH79c1-qC0iThMffP3LHIfgJHMZpK0sOoaAl_V8P8HAQ This Samsung Smart Media Player with cable card is $150, which is the same price as the 4 tuner Tivo Roamio (on sale). Now the Samsung has no monthly service fee. But my question is if you purchase the TiVo without service fee, will it still work to watch Live TV? I am thinking the Samsung may be a false economy since with the TiVo if you change your mind you can always activate the service fee (or pay for lifetime) and then you have a fully operational TiVo. But if the TiVo doesn't work as a converter box then I am wrong.